In February 2011, Lyda noticed that among volunteers engaged in environmental stewardship activities, the demographic aged 12 to 45 was missing. Harnessing the power of social media, she founded the Lower Mainland Green Team (LMGT) to (re)connect people to nature, provide meaningful civic contributions and to education people about environmental issues – all while making the experience enjoyable. She single-handedly inspired and mobilized a group of over 1,900 eco-volunteers to conserve and protect parks.
After being approached by Lyda in February 2011, Pacific Parklands Foundation proudly began to support her and her growing team of volunteers.
Since 2011, the LMGT has continued to grow. While the LMGT continues to engage people of all ages, it has more recently started to develop events for youth and at-risk youth.
Lyda also made a move towards further independence by applying for charitable status for a national organization called Green Teams of Canada. The LMGT will become the first chapter under the new charity’s umbrella with hopes to establish a second chapter in Victoria in coming months. In celebration of this success and as a personal challenge, Lyda set off on bike to ride from Mile 0 in Victoria to Calgary, Alberta. Read about her adventure here.
PPF is proud to have been the LMGT’s first partner and we have enjoyed watching both Lyda and the LMGT grow. After nominating her for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Environmental Sustainability category for the second year in a row, we are thrilled to say Lyda’s passion, determination and extraordinary success was evident to the selection committee and she was awarded the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Environmental Sustainability at the 31st Annual Women of Distinction Awards in early June. Denise and I were honoured to be by her side!